Sandbag protection at Belongil Beach.
Sandbag protection at Belongil Beach. DAVID NIELSEN

Coastal protection draft welcomed

A STATE Government workshop on draft coastal protection laws was attended by several local councils last Friday.

About 25 people attended the seminar, one of several organised by the Government to explore issues arising from the new legislation.

Councils had initially reacted with some astonishment to the proposals, said Barbara Richardson, director of urban and coastal water reform at the Department of Environment and Climate Change.

But she said the seminars had been useful in raising issues about the practical implementation of the reforms, and had resulted in immediate changes being made to the drafts.

She said the amendments placed a high bar for landowners to meet.

The Byron Preservation Association yesterday welcomed in principle the draft legislation, as ‘giving Byron residents and the community the opportunity to defend their properties and the town’.



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